fab·​ri·​cate | \ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt \
fabricated; fabricating

Definition of fabricate 

transitive verb

1a : invent, create

b : to make up for the purpose of deception accused of fabricating evidence

2 : construct, manufacture specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

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Other Words from fabricate

fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər \ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
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That has allowed rivals like TSMC to close the gap; the Taiwanese chip maker is reportedly planning to fabricate Apple’s iPhone processors on 7 nanometer technology later this year. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "CEO Loss Forces Intel to Face Its Future," 21 June 2018 The county committed $735,000 to it, but the artist later incurred higher cost projections to fabricate the metal. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Historic San Pedro Creek: a drainage ditch becomes a culture park," 5 May 2018 Dubbed Project Milestone, the initiative will use a huge 3D printer to fabricate five concrete houses in a wooded area near the city's airport. NBC News, "Dutch city's 3D-printed homes could help upend the construction industry," 2 July 2018 Ribs fabricated in this fashion will have somewhat more fat and connective tissue and more dark meat, but are still close cousins of the more traditional cut and cook up the same way. John Willoughby, charlotteobserver, "They’re not ribs, but they’re rib-sticking: Country-style ribs, explained | Charlotte Observer," 16 Jan. 2018 The alloys available to the clockmaker from Sheffield varied too much for his work, particularly fabricating the delicate springs. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Late last year, Ratha finally confessed that her story was fabricated and carefully rehearsed for the cameras under Mam’s instruction, and only after she was chosen from a group of girls who had been put through an audition. Simon Marks, Newsweek, "Somaly Mam: The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking," 21 May 2014 VetPowered has received a $30 million contract from SPAWAR, the Navy’s research installation in Old Town, and other work from the Navy to fabricate ship’s parts that cannot be ordered from the original manufacturers. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Expect some pain before gain in trade war, says Trump's SBA chief," 20 June 2018 Before that work could start, Across the Board Creations of British Columbia and Idaho had to use 3D scanning to fabricate the pieces for the 10-foot foam version, based on a life-size model provided by Fred Barton Productions of California. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "RoboCop statue finds permanent home at Michigan Science Center," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of fabricate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabricate

Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

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English Language Learners Definition of fabricate

: to make or build (something)

: to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people


fab·​ri·​cate | \ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt \
fabricated; fabricating

Legal Definition of fabricate 

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate— Gary Taylor

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